Paul moves from mine blasting to healing therapy
FOR 30 years Paul Gleeson spent his life on mining sites around Australia.
The driller spent his time blasting holes at mines in Western Australia and the Northern Territory before moving to Blackall in 2003.
Just over a decade later his world changed when the mining industry hit a downturn in Central Queensland.
Early last year, the 56-year-old was one of many miners who faced a new reality, he was jobless.
But Paul had always planned to eventually move on from the mines, and luckily he had another skill under his belt.
He swapped the harsh mining environment for a calm and peaceful one.
Paul is certified in Emmett Therapy for six years and wants to help people recover from injury and pain.
It's a far cry from the mining industry, but Paul loves being able to help others.
He said Emmett Therapy works by releasing muscle tension to ease pain.
Paul describes the therapy as "an electrician for the body," which opens up the body's pathways.
Paul knows firsthand how the therapy works, after being introduced to it when old rodeo injuries came to the surface.
While Paul's life is vastly different to a couple of years ago, he said he is happy to have established his new business, Ease of Stress and Strain Muscle Management, and always wanted to share his therapeutic work with others.
He said it has been a long road to find new employment due to the fact that his 30 years of mining experience isn't relevant outside of the industry.
Despite leaving the mining industry earlier than expected, Paul is hoping to see his business succeed.
For more information visit his Facebook page Ease of Stress and Strain Muscle Management.